After a Week From Hell, Donald Trump Calls Democrats “Savages”

Before going out to play golf with Lindsey Graham.

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How was your Friday night? Donald Trump’s was terrible. His envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, stepped down. Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada became the first Republican member of Congress to come out in support of an impeachment inquiry. And the Washington Post reported on another bombshell meeting with a head of state—a 2017 meeting in which Trump told two senior Russian officials “that he was unconcerned” with their country’s interference in the 2016 election.

So, as he prepared for a nice soothing round of golf on Saturday morning with South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, the leader of the most powerful country on Earth sent three tweets in quick succession—”PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!” (8:34 a.m.); “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” (8:35 a.m.); “KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” (8:35 a.m.). You can always count on him to play the hits.

But first, he typed out this:

That’s the president of the United States referring to his political opponents—including four women of color he’s previously suggested don’t belong in this country—as “savages.” Trump has spent most of his presidency deploying dehumanizing language against people, or groups of people, he wants his political base to hate: Mexicans, Muslims, residents of Baltimore, homeless people. So at a certain point the phrase “this isn’t normal” starts to lose meaning. This is disturbingly normal; it’s maybe the last song he still plays. And it’s probably only going to get worse.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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